A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{August 23, 2012}   Fool Moon by Jim Butcher

Plot: Harry Dresden is a wizard working as a P.I. in Chicago. Only he hasn’t been working much since the mess he made of his last case with the police. When Lieutenant Murphy finally contacts him to consult on a murder case, he knows it must be bad. He has no idea. The sheer violence and all the evidence points to a very large, intelligent wolf. Soon Chicago is crawling with werewolves and Harry will need all his wits and his powers if he is to save Murphy’s career and all their lives.

This is the second book in Butcher’s Dresden Files and another “re-read”. (Do you call it that when the second “reading” is an audiobook?) If you’re new to the series, you can read my review to Storm Front first. There are some plots and relationships that continue from the first book but for the most part they can be read independently.

Fool Moon is another fun, noir fantasy adventure. Harry remains a wise-cracking, down on his luck P.I. like many before him. And yet he somehow manages to get into even more trouble than in the first book: there are more gruesome murders, more life-or-death battles and more impressive magics. Harry is almost killed on more than one occasion. There is basically a werewolf free-for-all which is both cool and interesting: Butcher’s mythology allows many different types of werewolves, created by various means and subject to different rules, to coexist.

Aside from the action and high body count, this volume also has important consequences on his friendship with Karrin Murphy and his budding romance with the reporter, Susan Rodriguez. (Can I say that I love ambitious lady reporters? I blame Lois Lane and her all around awesomeness.) The only low point for me was the rather cheesy chapter where Harry has a conversation with his subconscious self. Unnecessary.

I mentioned it briefly in my review of Storm Front, but while I’m on the subject, I need to take a moment to talk about the women in Harry’s life and his relationship with them. Harry knows some pretty awesome women: they are strong, independent, intelligent and most can kick some serious ass. They include a police officer (who I love for being a 5ft tall martial artist like myself), a journalist and supernaturals of every sort. Harry recognizes their awesomeness but his old-fashioned chivalry forces him to treat them like porcelain dolls. I hope he notices soon that the worst things that happen in the novels are usually a result of him trying to protect women from dangerous knowledge because as much as I like Harry and his adventures, this is going to stop being charming soon. Murphy very clearly agrees.

There was a vast improvement in the reading and editing of the second audiobook. James Marsters’ voice remains a great match for Harry. Though I enjoyed this audiobook even more than the first, there was one thing that was driving me absolutely mad: the “p” in loup-garou is silent! I might have actually said that out loud, on the bus. Mispronounced French words are a pet peeve of mine.

The next book in the Harry Dresden series, Grave Peril, is already loaded up on my iPod.

2012 (#86)

Title: Fool Moon

Series: The Dresden Files (2)

Author: Jim Butcher (http://www.jim-butcher.com/)

Reader: James Marsters

Publisher: ROC

Audiobook publisher: Buzzy Multimedia

Year: 2003 (first published in 2001)

Book ISBN: 978-0-4514-5812-4

Audiobook ISBN: 978-0-9657-2552-1


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